davidoc (113) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured pale amber with minimal head. Faint malty aroma. Thin taste, slighty metallic.
BuckeyeBoy (2863) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 25, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz Bottle pours out a light amber topped with a small white head. Aroma of light malt and a little hops. Tast nothing great but hey this stuff is pretty cheap. Now I know Y
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2008
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours clear light amber with a fading white head. Just a touch of grassy hops in the aroma, and a bit of bread and fruit. Medium-light body and moderate carbonation. There seems to be some fusel influences at work here, it sort of dries out in mid-palate, which doesn’t get the marzen thing working for me.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 23, 2008
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 ounce bottle from City Market in Burlington VT (January 2008), served a little below cellar temperature from a Unibroue glass. A massive, smooth but quickly diminishing white head fills 2/3 of the glass, leaving light spidery lacing above the clear amber-gold body....musty aroma, dried caramel chews and a hint of vanilla and licorice, faint toasty malts, no hop presence....moderately sweet, grainy body, bit caramel-ly, with some burnt and chalky characteristics towards the finish that make for a somewhat unpleasant conclusion....watery texture, somewhat artificial/forced-seeming carbonation, bit of metallic character. About what I’d expect from this brewery.
Rusty (1537) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 8, 2008
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
On sale @ albertsons 3 6 packs for $6. Yep, that’s right $2 per sixer. (Regular price $5.99 per 6 pack.) I was curious to find out how bad a 33 cent 12 oz beer in a glass bottle could be. Pours a light brown color with a small head. Smells like malt, caramel, and spices. Mouthfeel is very thin and this beer finishes with very little residual taste at all, did I forget to wash my beer glass before I put water in it??? Oh, wait that was a beer.
Not a very memorable beer, but it wasn’t entirely terrible either.
Dogbrick (8650) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2007
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle from Albertson’s in Tehachapi, CA. The beer is a clear pale amber color with a medium off-white head that dissipates steadily. Spotty lacing. Aroma of sweet malt and bread. Light, smooth body with a metallic character and overly saccharine sweet malt flavor. Touches of fruit as well. The finish is cloyingly sweet malt and mercifully short. Not very enjoyable overall.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2007
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz bottle. Ugh. Pours even lighter than the pale ale! And even more hoppy than the pale as well. Light copper- deep gold with a fizzy off white head. Aroma is toasty malts, lots of grain a bit of DMS, and sharp almost metallic harsh steely malts. Sharp sugary sweet malty flavor- artificial even, with some winey tangy off flavors. Harsh metallic finish. Blah.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 11, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2007 From a 12oz Bottle. Transparent brass color with a fizzy layer of dissipating white head. Light caramel and nutty malt nose with a hint of floral hops. Medium light bodied, fizzy carbonation. Quaffable, but the malt actually gets a bit heavy and overly roasty with layers of toasted nuts. Restrained caramel sweetness up front before transitioning into nutty roast. There’s a touch of horse blanket like dustiness that comes out mid-palate, but this gets buried quickly under a mild layer of cleansing herbal hops in the finish. I hate to describe the flavor at the end of the palate as horseblanket, but that’s really what it tastes like, although it comes across as a weird combo of dark malt and spicy hop rather than a flaw. Drinkable, but there are several other widely available marzen beers that I would choose over this. I also have a problem with calling this an amber "ale", especially since the brewer obviously knows better and refers to it as a marzen in the commercial description on the label. Let’s intentionally confuse people and further contribute to the delinquency and mis-education of the general drinking public about beer. Good idea.
BillKismet (3360) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Crystal clear, light sparkling amber body with luscious creamy head. Delightfully marzen-like malt nose, full of munich/caramunich. Medium-bodied mouthfeel, with constant rolling waves of malt flavor. Some fusels in the palate lend a warming quality and make this seem strong for a marzen.
fidemaster (282) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2007
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2013 You know this is an interesting beer. Ok beer might not be the right word. It has a very sweet, hoppy, caramel, toffee taste. I really like toffee and caramel so I found this appealing. However its hard to think of this as beer.